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7:02 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Methane Gas Royalties In Question

Credit uk.reuters.com

Thousands of property owners in South Western Virginia say they were cheated out of royalties for methane gas extracted from their land. A federal judge will consider a recommendation this week on whether their cases can move forward as a class action lawsuit. 

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Budget Negotiations under Deadline
4:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Congress Gets Busy

As Congress resumes this week after its month long break there are a lot of pressing issues facing lawmakers that have a big impact on the economy in Virginia.

A handful of Virginia lawmakers were some of the loudest voices calling for Congress to fore go its August break and get serious negotiations underway on budget issues.

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JLARC Report
4:33 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Cost Drivers in Higher Education

Concerns that skyrocketing costs may be driving many Virginia families away from higher education prompted state lawmakers to mandate a study to discover which factors are making tuition and fees so expensive.

In its second in a series of reports, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission broke down the costs of non-academic university services, including athletics, recreation centers, housing, and dining. 

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Law & Crime
11:03 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Progress Made in Fighting Human Trafficking

The Polaris Project is an organization active in the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. and globally.

Pushing for stronger state laws, they rank states on their efforts fight trafficking. Virginia once had a poor score but that has changed.

Three years ago, Polaris Project ranked Virginia at "tier 4"—its lowest ranking—for efforts to fight human trafficking.

Since then, lawmakers have increased penalties, provided more tools to help law enforcement identify and track such cases, and backed awareness campaigns.

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Government & Politics
7:08 am
Mon September 9, 2013

VaNews for 09.09.13

A mystery drone is seen above Alexandria and Virginia’s race for governor takes another weird turn.

Those stories were among the most frequently clicked this past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at  vpap.org.

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